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El Toro Airport Support Group and City Face Suit

July 28, 2001

Opponents of converting the former El Toro Marine base into a commercial airport sued Newport Beach and the Airport Working Group on Friday, alleging they illegally allocated about $3.7 million in public funds to help defeat an anti-airport ballot measure.

The El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, a coalition of south Orange County cities, claimed in Orange County Superior Court that the money is being used improperly for a "massive political campaign" against the Orange County Central Park and Nature Preserve Initiative.

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